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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Is Luis Severino tipping pitches?

Luis Severino has shown tremendous potential since he made his first Major League appearance with the New York Yankees in 2015, but the 23-year-old has struggled with some bad stretches. Could tipping pitches have something to do with that?

During the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast on ESPN, a graphic appeared to show the way Severino may be tipping his pitches. He may be using a different leg kick when he’s throwing a slider versus when he’s throwing a fastball.

As MLB player-turned-analyst Aaron Boone noted, it’s possible some hitters could pick up on that. However, it didn’t appear to help many Chicago Cubs batters on Sunday, as Severino allowed just one earned run on four hits in seven innings. He did not get a decision, but the Yankees won 5-4.

Interestingly enough, Pinstripe Alley looked into some of the differences between the way Severino pitched in 2015 and 2016, and it appears the righthander has a variety of deliveries and release points. We’ve seen instances where some of the best pitchers in baseball tip pitches, so there’s no reason the issue — if there is one — can’t be corrected for Severino.

Giants team bus broke down on way to airport after getting swept by Reds

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It’s shaping up to be the season from hell for the San Francisco Giants.

After a three-game sweep at the hands of the Reds over the weekend in which they were outscored by a total of 31-5, the Giants were on their way to the airport to leave Cincinnati when the bus transporting their players broke down, according to team play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming.

The Giants are now 11-21 on the season (last place in the National League West), and this latest incident is eerily similar to one that occurred last month when they were playing in Colorado. Maybe it’s time for them to just scapegoat the bus and get a new one in an attempt to reverse their mojo.

Jose Reyes blasts Matt Harvey over suspension

At least one of Matt Harvey’s New York Mets teammates was quite irked by his team-imposed suspension over the weekend.

After Harvey drew a three-game ban for a violation of team rules and missed his scheduled start on Sunday as a result, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes let loose on the right-hander.

“We’re disappointed,” said Reyes, per Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “We have to understand, we’re employees. You have to come to your job every day. We count on him.

“Everybody knows here what the rules are,” he continued. “When you miss that, that’s not acceptable.”

Harvey was suspended by the Mets for not showing up to the ballpark on Saturday after reportedly developing a migraine following a morning golf trip, but there’s some dispute between the two sides as to what exactly transpired. Journeyman Adam Wilk drew the start in Harvey’s place on Sunday and was shelled for six earned runs in a 7-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Reyes himself hasn’t exactly been a saint over the years, but it’s at least understandable why the Mets might be upset, especially with how thin their roster is right now due to injury.

Max Scherzer trolls Phillies fans after Jayson Werth homer

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Philadelphia fans booing former Phillie Jayson Werth has become something of a standard tradition, but it backfired on them spectacularly this weekend.

In the fifth inning of the Phillies’ series finale with the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Werth stepped up to the plate and was showered by the customary boos from the Citizens Bank Park faithful. But the joke was on them as the former All-Star outfielder promptly responded with a two-run home run (and accompanying bat flip) to put the Nats up 3-2, his second long ball of the day.

Nats righty Max Scherzer also got in on the fun, climbing to the top step of the dugout and booing the Phillies fans right back as Werth rounded the bases.

Werth played with the Phillies for four seasons, helping them win the World Series in 2008 and making the NL All-Star team in 2009. But he left in 2010 to sign a rich free agent deal with the divisional rival Nats and became a Public Enemy No. 1 of sorts in Philadelphia. While the Phillies got the last laugh Sunday with the 6-5 win in extras, perhaps their fans, who are known to boo everything under the sun, will think twice before coming at Werth again.

Wind pushes pitcher off mound, causes balk (Video)

A pitcher getting called for a balk because he lost his footing is nothing unusual. A pitcher losing his footing because of a gust of wind, however, is a bit more rare.

That’s exactly what happened during a minor league game between the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A affiliate of the Angels, and the Royals-affiliated Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday. Bees pitcher Troy Scribner was getting ready to deliver when a strong wind caused him to nearly fall off the mound.

Here’s the full video:

Winds were reportedly gusting up to 70 mph in Salt Lake City, so you can understand why Scribner lost his balance. If you want to see an embarrassing balk, just have a look at this one from CC Sabathia last season. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when a 70 mph gust gets the best of you.

H/T Eye on Baseball

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Report: Matt Harvey will file grievance against Mets over suspension

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Matt Harvey plans to file a grievance against the New York Mets, believing there has been a miscommunication, according to a report.

Harvey was given an unpaid three-game suspension on Saturday, allegedly over not showing up at the ballpark. The pitcher reportedly did not learn of his suspension until he showed up to pitch on Sunday, and according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, he will file a grievance against the team.

Harvey reportedly views the whole thing as a misunderstanding. He played golf on Saturday morning, developed a migraine early in the afternoon, and notified the Mets of the issue before staying home.

As Heyman notes, Harvey was not told of the suspension until Sunday. However, Adam Wilk, who made Sunday’s scheduled start in Harvey’s place, was informed on Saturday, and the Mets told the media that the suspension began Saturday as well.

As has been reported, Harvey and the Mets have very different ideas of how this all went down. It’s no surprise that he’d seek an independent arbitrator in light of that.

Report: Matt Harvey did not show up to ballpark, said he had migraine

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Matt Harvey was reportedly suspended by the New York Mets after he failed to show up to the ballpark on Saturday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Harvey did not inform the team ahead of time that he would not be present and later said he was suffering from a migraine.

The Mets obviously weren’t buying the excuse, as they announced on Sunday that Harvey has been suspended for three games.

It’s no surprise that the team wasn’t interesting in hearing Harvey out, as this is not the first time he has been late to the park or failed to show up altogether. If you remember, he missed a mandatory meeting during the playoffs last year and did not provide a very good explanation.

The Mets would only say Sunday that Harvey violated team rules, but he is obviously a repeat offender. Players typically don’t get suspended for messing up once, or even twice.

Harvey was scheduled to start against the Miami Marlins on Sunday before he was sent home. The righthander is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in six starts this year.